Host cities for the 2022 FEI World Championships and other major events up to 2023/2024 were allocated today by the FEI Board at its in-person meeting in Moscow.
FEI World Championships in four disciplines: jumping, dressage, para-dressage and vaulting will be staged in Herning, Denmark in August 2022. The Danish city, which runs a qualifier for the FEI Dressage World Cup annually, previously hosted a multi-discipline equestrian event in 2013 when it staged the FEI European Championships for jumping, dressage and para-dressage.
Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, which served as the venue for eventing at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games, will host FEI World Championships for eventing and driving in September 2022. The Italian venue, located 35 kilometers south of Rome, is no stranger to hosting high-level equestrian events and FEI championships. It was the site for the cross-country competition at the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games and hosted the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles in 2006 and 2010.
“When we opened the process for the FEI World Championships 2022 to single and multi-discipline bids, our intention was to have events that were more manageable and sustainable at proven venues,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “By allocating these multi-discipline championships to Herning and Pratoni del Vivaro we’re working with hosts that already have the necessary experience and required infrastructure in place to organize world-class equestrian championships.
“We received some truly excellent bids and unfortunately we don’t have enough FEI World Championships to allocate to everyone, but we very much hope that these excellent organizers will bid again in the future to host championships at their venues.”
The 2022 World Championships in the disciplines of jumping, eventing, dressage and para-dressage, will serve as qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The FEI Board agreed unanimously that any decision on the FEI World Championships in endurance and reining should be postponed pending the outcome of discussions about both disciplines on Nov. 18, voting on Nov. 19.
The FEI Board also allocated FEI World Cup Finals for 2022 to 2024, with Leipzig, Germany once again hosting four FEI World Cup Finals under one roof from April 6-10, 2022. The German city previously hosted the same four disciplines‑jumping, dressage, driving and vaulting—in 2011.
The FEI World Cup Finals for Jumping and Dressage will return to Omaha, Nebraska, in 2023 (April 12-16), and the 20124 FEI World Cup Finals for Jumping and Dressage were allocated to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dates will be confirmed. Bordeaux (FRA) will host the FEI Driving World Cup Finals in both 2023 (Feb. 2-5) and 2024 (Feb. 1-4).
The bidding process for the 2023 and 2024 FEI Vaulting World Cup Finals will be reopened.
In addition, the board allocated qualifiers for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup series, 2020 FEI Jumping Nations Cup Youth and 2020 FEI Eventing Nations Cup, 2020 FEI Jumping Ponies Trophy qualifiers and finals and other championships.